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Sunday November 17, 2019. All Stars Media
Night one of the season started off well for V29 Michael Tancredi time trialling in the top 5, picking up a heat win and locking in his first A Main for the season in the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series.
“It was a really good track, nice and wide and racy and allowed for racing from the back without wearing tyres. I didn’t know all the carnage going on behind me. The good thing about this place is it is so big you can survive these incidents. The car was great to drive and I have to thank my team for this.” said a very happy Tancredi at the post race interview.
The line-up for the A looked strong with Tancredi starting on pole with SA33 Mark Caruso in 2, NT7 Colin Brooks in 3rd, VA8 Dan Evans 4th, V75 Mitch Foster 5th and NT26 Tony Moule 6th. On lap 1 Tancredi took the lead then going into 3 &4 Brooks rode a wheel of Evans leaving the front runners nowhere to go. The incident involved Brooks, Evans, Caruso & Moule.
With an open red being called it allowed Evans, Wren, Smith & Sandow to change their damaged tires and restart also. Brooks was unfortunately out but the rest could restart but with the line-up order changing dramatically. SA33 Caruso and NT26 Moule had to start from the back. Tancredi went on to pull away from the field, NSW 36 Eddie Lumber survived all the carnage at the start finished in 2nd rewarding his team with a podium for bringing out the 360 for the night.
NT26 Moule had to work his way up from the back and did so charging up into 3rd after a handful of laps. SA95 Jarman Dalitz made a return to the series and after starting out the night out with brake issues finished with a strong with a 4th place result. V16 James Wren was another that started with engine issues in hot laps but sorted them out and Wren picked up 5th place.
Caruso bought out the reds on lap 20 going hard into the turn 4 wall and ended his night. Young hard charger Mitch Smith’s V75 had a great night and locked into the Pole Shoot Out. Farmer Phil Locks season got off to a shocker after hurting his engine in the Heats. Young charger Jordyn Charge’s V60 was sidelined all night with engine damage in Time Trials.
“We have to again thank the team at Heartland, Dave and the boys put on a fantastic race track for us and we were so relieved to finally get our first show done. All the teams raced well with their own personal ambitions being achieved.” Promoter Searle said at the end of the night.
Heat wins – Eddie Lumbar, Dan Evans, Mark Caruso & Michael Tancredi
A Main results: V29 Michael Tancredi, 2nd NSW36 Eddie Lumbar, 3rd NT26 Tony Moule, 4th SA95 Jarman Dalitz, 5th V16 James Wren, 6th VA8 Dan Evans, 7th V75 Mitch Smith, 8th V7 Paul Solomon, 9th V78 Chris Campbell, 10th NSW 38 Shaun Forrell, 11th VA2 Boyd Harris,12th VA99 Corey Sandow, 13th SA33 Mark Caruso-DNF, 14th VA10 Steven Loader, 15th NT7 Colin Brooks.
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –James Wren- $100 cash
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Chris Campbell – set seat belts
Hoosier Hero – Michael Tancredi – Hoosier WAV tyre
Flocon Lucky 7 – Paul Solomon - $100 cash
Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – Boyd Harris - $200 cash
All Star Hot Arse Award –Mitch Smith - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Mark Caruso – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Corey Sandow
BK Racing Ti Components 4th Place – Jarman Dalitz
Thursday November 14, 2019. All Stars Media
“I said it two weeks ago and now I will say it again - Finally we are about to kick off our 13th season for the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series at Heartland Raceway, this Saturday night – Nov 16. We were bitterly disappointed not being able to get a show in at Mildura but the Timmis Speedway Committee made the correct decision. As everyone knows rain outs are horrible but at least we didn’t get all our cars out and wheel pack for nothing.” Searle said
The Flocon King of the River will now be over 3 rounds but still pays $2K to the winner. Moama this Saturday, Murray Bridge on Nov 30th and final at Mildura on Dec 28th.
Series champ SA33 Mark Caruso slotted his 410 in last weekend to run USC at Murray Bridge but is back with the 360 to defend his championship. NT7 Hutchins / Brooks team was another to gain laps after running at Murray Bridge last weekend also.
Daniel Evans will be driving for Shaun McClure in the VA8, with the washout proved positive for Evans after getting steel in his eye the week before Mildura which meant he had to withdraw from the show but with 2 weeks healing time he is good to go. ‘Farmer’ Phil Lock celebrated his 100th anniversary the last time the series was at Moama and Saturday night will be his 105th show proving his true dedication to the Series. V7 Paul Solomon ran his 410 at Avalon last weekend and gained more laps to start the season off.
Young hard charger Mitch Smith battled the 410’s with his 360 also at Avalon to get more experience under his belt in the V75. V60 Jordyn Charge has chosen to slot their 360 in this weekend; the talented youngster has been on the podium several times with the series and will be looking for another strong result.
Series regulars V16 James Wren, NT26 Tony Moule, SA95 Jarman Dalitz, SA32 Ben Gartner just to name a few are locked in. Series Rookies Green V71, Loader VA10 & Sandow VA99 all looking for a strong start to the season.
With the usual All Star giveaways, posters, driver autograph signing it will be lots a family fun.
On track action starts from 6.00pm. November 16th Heartland Raceway, Moama
Monday November 4, 2019. All Stars Media
Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series – Farmers delight
With constant and heavy showers persisting the Col Beasley Classic had to succumb to the elements and the event was declared just before lunch time.
“This was not the way we wanted to kick off our season but we believe Timmis Speedway made the right decision with more showers forecast for the afternoon.
The venues spectator area and pits had become waterlogged and with more showers on the radar would have only become worse. It’s a no win situation for anyone and leaves everyone feeling disappointed.
We have to thank all our travelling teams for driving to Mildura for a counter lunch and then turning back home. ”said Searle. “Now we just have to move on and focus on our next show at Heartland Raceway on November 16th for RD2 of the Flocon King of the River.”
Discussions will be held shortly with Timmis Speedway Committee to try and reschedule the Col Beasley Classic and announced as soon as possible.
Thursday October 31, 2019. All Stars Media
“Finally we are about to kick off our 13th season of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series at Timmis Speedway, this Sat night – Nov 2nd.. I can’t wait to see all our old teams, meet our new teams and be back at Mildura again for our opening night. With a star studded line up including 3 past Series Champs what a cool way to kick off our season with the Col Beasley Classic incorporating RD1. As everyone remembers Col was a well-loved bloke around Mildura and passionate sprintcar competitor. He ran with us back in the day and we are really honoured to be able to hold this 4th tribute night in his honour. ” says Mandy Searle Series Promoter.
Back by popular demand is the ‘King of the River’ with a new sponsor on board. Flocon have picked up the naming rights for this mini-series and Mildura will be Round 1 of the 4 rounds which are all based along the Murray River and has a $2000 to win purse
Defending Beasley Classic winner Daniel Evans will be driving for Shaun McClure in the VA8. McClure put a deal together for Evans after he announced he would be sitting out the season. ‘Farmer’ Phil Lock is backing up for his 13th season and Saturday night will be his 105th show proving his true dedication to the Series.
Current Series champ SA33 Mark Caruso has again contracted to the series and this season will be joined by his brother Steve in the SA10 Cool. Steve recently took out bragging rights over his brother at Murray Bridge so expect some revenge for the podium. Hard Charger Michael Tancredi has also contracted for the season. The V29 had his first hit out last Saturday night at Avalon in his 410 in preparation for Mildura. Showing speed with the 410 Tancredi will be one to watch with his 360 slotted back in.
V7 Paul Solomon has also contracted for the season. A name from the past and also another past series champion is Colin Brooks. Brooks won the series back in 2010 while driving the Tony Bartlett owned SA75. Brooks has been contracted by Ken Hutchins to drive his NT7. Over the past few season Hutchins & Solomon had teamed up together but this year sees them in different camps. Series regulars V16 James Wren, NT26 Tony Moule, SA95 Jarman Dalitz, SA32 Ben Gartner just to name a few are locked in. Throw into the mix a couple of hard charging youngsters Smith & Green as well as a couple of Rookies Loader & Sandow for the Beasley Classic with all looking for a strong start to the season.
With the usual All Star giveaways, posters, driver autograph signing it will be lots a family fun.
On track action starts from 5.00pm. November 2nd Timmis Speedway, Mildura.
Wednesday October 23, 2019. All Stars Media
Oval Express Magazine have been supporting and promoting speedway with the production of their magazine for over 20 years now and whilst producing a top quality product they have also supported drivers, race tracks, series and different division’s throughout this time.
They are continuing their support of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers Series and offering a driver the chance to win a 12 month subscription of the magazine for the winner of the Quick Time Award at every series round.
“Oval Express Magazines Phil & Michelle Jordison have been long term supporters of the Series and 360’s. We quite often get repeat winners of the Quick Time Award but if this does occur OE allow this prize to be shared between driver, car owners or crews. So anyone on the winner’s team can be rewarded.
I had one driver nominate as a contracted driver for the series, he was the quickest to do so and when I told him this he asked me - Do I get a OE 12 month subscription for it?. To continue to have ties with a quality production like Oval Express is a bonus for us.” says Searle.
Friday October 18, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series travel along the Murray River region several times and are pleased to announce that the ‘King of the River’ mini-series is back for the 2019-20 season. “We are also excited to welcome Flocon Engineering on board as the major sponsor for this.
It will be for 4 rounds out of the first 5 of the Series which are all located along the Murray River. The winner will pick up $2000 and will be crowned at Timmis Speedway at the December 28th show. Flocon are a new sponsor for us and we can’t thank them enough for their support allowing us to pay out this fantastic prize.
We started the King of the River mini-series a couple of years ago as a bit of fun and it has been growing in popularity each year. SA44 Dan Evans won last season and joined the prestigious list of names that is starting to develop for our mini-series.” Says Mandy Searle
Not only are Flocon sponsoring the King of the River they have also decided to sponsor the Flocon Lucky 7. This award is for 7th place in the A Main and the winner picks up $100 bonus.
Established in 1976 Flocon Engineering is an Australian Owned Family Company based in Hallam with its Road Maintenance Equipment sold throughout the world. They provide a vast range of manufactured equipment for the road rehabilitation and construction industry. “The name Flocon has been involved with speedway over the years and we are really pleased that they choose us to be involved for their return.” Searle said.
The tracks involved are Timmis Speedway, Mildura - RD 1, Heartland Raceway, Moama, N.S.W – RD 2, Murray Bridge Speedway, SA - RD 3 and concluding at Timmis Speedway, Mildura - RD5. Points are based on the A Main series points only with double points for the final round. To be eligible for this the driver must compete at all 5 shows.
Wednesday October 16, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series is pleased to announce that Hoosier Tire Australia have again locked in as a major sponsor for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 season. The WAV tyre will continue to be used as the right rear control tyre for all Series rounds.
“Max Dumesny from Hoosier Tire Australia has supported the Series since it started, and to have them continue to give us this support for their 12th season is fantastic.” Mandy Searle, Series Promoter tells us.
“Again this season we are able to present every feature winner with a Right Rear WAV tyre as well as $1100 in prize money.
This tyre is also used by the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria for the Eureka Garage & Shed Series and works really well again for all competitors having the same control tyre giving them consistency. As we advised our teams late last season the WAV16 tyre will not be allowed to be used. ” Searle says.
Monday October 14, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series Bar Up 8 Award continues for another season. “Shaun Forrell, Proprietor of Bar Up Bullbars is a great supporter of the Series as both a sponsor and a driver. Shaun has been racing with the series since we started and attends as many shows as his commitments allow. His dedication to 360 racing is awesome and we really do appreciate it.” Promoter Searle says
“A couple of months ago I was at a race meeting at Winton for the TCM class and spotted a very cool Bar on the front of the Brad Jones Racing hauler and yes of course it was a Bar Up Bar. This again highlights how popular their product is.”
Bar Up Bullbars has again offered to continue with some cool prizes to the driver that finishes in 8th place in the A Main at every round.
Bar Up Bullbars are located at 293 Copland St East Wagga Wagga, NSW and specialise in manufacturing Bullbars and bumpers (including FUPS-Front Underrun Protection) for all types of trucks. For general enquiries call us on (02) 6971 0129 or check out the web site www.barupbullbars.com.au
Friday October 11, 2019. All Stars Media
Paul & Lynton Jeffrey of Vortex Racing Products has again offered to supply the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series with an Outlaw Top wing for their End of Season Championship. The “Vortex Altitude Award” is presented to the driver with the most & biggest roll over’s for the season.
“Our Vortex Altitude Award has become one of our popular traditions with them sponsoring us since our second season. We cannot thank Paul and Lynton enough for their loyalty to our series and without companies like these we cannot reward our drivers to the same level that we do.” Searle said.
It might seem a bit ironic but last season Mark Caruso won the Top wing. Caruso was the series Champion but along the way managed a couple of spectacular roll overs making him eligible. He certainly appreciated the Vortex Outlaw Top wing at the end of season to kick start his 19-20 season off.
Check out the Vortex web site www.vortexracingproducts.com.au for full information on their products or email Paul Jeffrey at [email protected] and support the ones that support us.
Wednesday October 9, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series are thrilled to announce that support from BK Racing TI Components has been locked in for the second season. Brendan Telfer formed the company a few short years ago and has grown into a highly recommended supplier of Speedway Titanium race car components.
His products are used by many top name teams in both Australia and the USA, the likes of Ian Madsen, Aaron Reutzel, Jamie Veal and our very own Michael Tancredi just to name a few.
Tancredi won the prize last season and is impressed with the product and service. BK Racing have recently moved recently moved their base to South Australia allowing them easier access to customers.
A Full titanium sprintcar bolt kit will be presented to the Driver that finishes in 4th place the most number of times in the A Main over the season. “Brendan is also a well know Crew Chief and has worked for many top teams in both Australia and America over the years and he knows what it feels like to finish just off the podium.
This way the guy that comes 4th the most times is also rewarded for his efforts. We are pleased with this suggestion as it falls in line with our idea of recognizing all our teams and not just the winners.” Promoter Searle says. The Complete TI bolt kit is valued at $1760.00
With over 325 pieces in the kit they are purposely built to suit your car. Another advantage the kits have is every part is labelled with the exact position it's intended for, so no more guessing where this bolt and nut goes.
Check out Face Book at BK Racing TI components, Web site at www.bkticomponents.com email [email protected] or simply phone Brendan on 0458 004381
Saturday October 5, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series in conjunction with Heystbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway are pleased to announce that to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the All Star Challenge the show will have a boost in prize money.
Both parties met recently to discuss the anniversary of this event and how to celebrate it. It was decided to increase the purse at the back of the field this time instead of the front, and as a result of this will pay $1000 to start the show.
“The Simpson Speedway Committee has the same goals as we do for this show and that is making it the most prestigious and richest 360 show in Australia. We now have $10K to win and $1K for 20th. This is serious money up for grabs.
When we first introduced the show all those years ago we started off at $5K to win and $500 to start and we were pretty pumped to be able to offer that; but now both of these have doubled.
The total purse on offer now is $32,500.
We are also looking at paying out contingency prizes for the B Main which will be advised when confirmed. Last year’s race had everyone pumped and telling us it was the best race they had seen and hopefully this incentive will make it happen again this season. So make sure you lock in Saturday January 18th 2020”. Mandy Searle said
Thursday September 12, 2019. All Stars Media
With the season only weeks away now for the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series they have been busy locking in sponsors and as announced earlier in the year are rapt to lock in Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers again as the naming rights sponsor.
“This is the 10th season they have been involved with the series and we honestly cannot thank them enough. The first 2 seasons Mainline took on naming rights for the All Star Challenge which was $5,000 to win back then.
The third year Mainline became naming rights for the Series. Our $5k to win show now boasts of $10K to win. Andrew Elder is a great supporter of not only us but several other teams also. His generosity and belief in what we do is humbling” Searle tells us.
“We are now very excited to announce that this season we will be paying $10K to win the Series. Yes, that’s $10,000 for 1st place in the End of Season Championship. This now builds the series payout up to $22,000 overall.
The End of Season Championship payout is for the top 10 in points with the only stipulation being that cars must comply with the Series regulations.
We still have all our regular series awards and nightly prizes and we are still working on some new ones. But for now we can announce that Hoosier Tires are back with the A Main Winner receiving a free WAV Right rear tire each night. Hoosier Tires supply the WAV right rear control tire for the series.
Bar Up Bull Bars are also back with us again for the 10th season with the Bar Up 8 Award for the A Main each night. Shaun Forrell owner of Bar Up Bull Bars in Wagga Wagga has been a strong supporter of ours both competing with us over the years and also sponsoring us. I am pretty excited to announce this increased money and hopefully so will our teams. This is serious money on offer and it would be awesome if we could encourage a couple of new teams to run with us. Promoter Searle says.
Friday June 21, 2019. All Stars Media
For the 13th time the All Star Series are very pleased to announce their race schedule for the oncoming season and also for the 8th time announce that Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers have recommitted as naming rights sponsor. “Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers have been with us for a long time and we cannot thank Andrew Elder and the team at Mainline for believing in us and coming back on board again this season. They initially took on naming rights of the All Star Challenge for 2 years before taking on naming rights of the series itself, back then the Challenge paid $5000 to win and is now $10,000 to win; this season we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show. As everyone knows securing sponsors isn’t an easy thing and to keep them for so long is even harder, we cannot thank them enough.” says Promoter Searle.
The series will kick off the season at Timmis Speedway, Mildura and then head to Heartland Raceway, Moama. Murray Bridge Speedway is next on the calendar. Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham have taken on 2 rounds after traditionally only having one. “We hope this early start to their race season works well for both of us.” Searle says. The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Challenge is back at Simpson in January 2020. The Series Final is traditionally being held at Timmis Speedway, Mildura again. Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier have again locked in the Tyson Perez Memorial but requested a later date in March to run this.
Dates are –
November 2 - Timmis Speedway, Mildura. VIC
November 16 - Heartland Raceway, Moama, NSW
November 30 - Murray Bridge Speedway, Murray Bridge, SA
December 7 - Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham, VIC
December 28 - Timmis Speedway, Mildura VIC
January 18 - $10K to win All Star Challenge, Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway, VIC
February 1 - Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham, VIC
February 8 - Heartland Raceway, Moama, NSW
February 15 - Sunline Speedway, Waikerie. SA
February 29 - Timmis Speedway, Mildura. VIC
March 21 - Tyson Perez Memorial. Borderline Speedway - Mount Gambier, SA
“Dates have been changed around a bit this season to work in with the venue operators and other major 360 shows in the State. Having the Australian 360 Title at Simpson this season and also the 360 Victorian State Title at Warrnambool is awesome for our teams really making it an exciting season for them. Only 4 months to go now and everyone knows that I am counting down already. ” Searle says.
Tuesday April 16, 2019. All Stars Media
With this season now completed plans are already in place for the 2 major events on the series calendar. “Both events will be celebrating their 10th birthday which is a fantastic achievement. With almost $40K on offer for these 2 shows already we have pretty good money on offer but if we could increase it that would be great.” Searle says.
The dates are:
The All Star Challenge is on January 18th 2020 at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway and the Tyson Perez Memorial is on March 21st 2020 at Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier, SA
The 360 Australian Title is being held at Simpson on March 7th & 8th the All Star Challenge will give teams a great opportunity to have a run on the track before it, or schedule in the Spud show which is a fortnight after it.
“We are currently working on the rest of our calendar for the oncoming season and release these very shortly. We would also like to mention that if anyone would like to advertise with either of these shows please contact me.” Searle tells us...
Thursday April 4, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometer’s All Star Series were pleased to get the opportunity to congratulate their Drivers, Teams and Sponsors at the end of season Presentation Pit Party at Timmis Speedway last Saturday night. A large crowd stayed for the ‘Awards’ ceremony held at the end of the night.
In what has become an All Star tradition the show kicked off with a video presentation highlighting the end of a very successful 12th season. “This is a fantastic way start the formalities and reminds teams of what they have achieved over the past 12 shows; we are not too good at formal so making them laugh before we start I believe is a good thing. The lay back Pit Party has been a favourite for all our teams over the years so that’s why we stuck with it again. ” Searle says.
And the accolades went to:
Outstanding Achievement – Evans Family Racing
H’s Star Award – Mark Caruso
Best Presented Car & Crew – Michael Tancredi – 2nd year in a row
Crew Chief of the Year – Byron Phillips
Most Improved – Brendan Guerin - Winning 4 Max Wheels from Max Dumesny Motorsport
Mr Consistency Award – James Wren
Vortex Altitude Award – Mark Caruso - Winning an Outlaw Top wing from Vortex Racing Products
Rob Barker Encouragement Award – BJ Harris.
Drivers Driver –Phil Lock – Winning a Velocita Helmet
Velocita Lucky Draw – Phil Lock – Winning a Velocita Custom Driving Suit
All Star Legend’s – Tony Bartlett
Top 7 in the Championship - 1st SA33 Mark Caruso, 2nd SA96 Brendan Guerin, 3rd V29 Michael Tancredi, 4th V4 Phil Lock, 5th V16 James Wren, 6th Dan Evans, 7th BJ Harris
The Drivers Driver Award was again won by Phil Lock which an amazing achievement winning this award nine times. The respect he has earnt amongst his peers truly shows. Tony Bartlett was inducted into the Hall of Fame with a heartfelt speech by Promoter Mandy Searle. “It was a privilege to present this to TB, when I was compiling information for my speech it reinforced to me how much he has achieved over the years. 3 time series champ with 3 different drivers as a car owner, provided 2 car teams, won the Spud Show 2 times, His passion for us and 360’s is second to none and is another deserving member to the exclusive Legends Hall of Fame.”
Also recognised were all the series loyal sponsors and officials some who have also been with us over the past 12 seasons. Without sponsors and officials like these the Series would not be able to run at the level it currently does.
Thanks everyone for a fantastic night and congratulations to everyone!!
Tuesday April 2, 2019. All Stars Media
On a bitterly cold night last Saturday night at Timmis Speedway Mark Caruso took out his second Series Championship. “What a well-deserved result for Mark & his team, they have been fast and consistent all season, their hard work has finally paid off and now they can claim two series championship’s to their resume.
Mark won his first series back in 2011 and now eight years later has done the same thing; what a true Champion. After the heartbreak they had last season running second after tying with Paul Solomon last year and forcing a tie break countback on A Main winners, they have managed to get it done this season with a 93 point lead. It’s still only a marginal lead but enough.” the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series Promoter Mandy Searle says.
Caruso stood on the podium 5 times during the season but only once as the winner. He won the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award 5 times claiming the bragging rights to Quick Time for the season. He didn’t have it all easy though destroying his car on RD8 at Heartland Speedway, Moama.
The team took home a pile of bits and worked hard to return the following weekend at Sunline Speedway, Waikerie to have their hard work rewarded with the A Main victory. RD 10’s Spud Show also saw Caruso leading the early laps only to get swamped where Caruso decided wisely to ease up slightly and ensure he secured more points for the Championship. “Mark had all his family there to share his victory which was really nice and he also got to race against his brother Steven which was pretty cool also.” Searle said.
After starting the season off only planning to do a few shows SA96 Brendan Guerin ran second overall. Guerin was another to show speed and consistency throughout all the season and after strong results the first few shows decided to continue. This obviously worked out well for him in the end and he was very pleased with his final position. Brendan, Darryl and their small band of crew members travel out of Broken Hill, NSW every show which is an achievement on its own.
V29 Michael Tancredi placed third overall and was also pleased with his final result. Standing on the podium 4 times was an achievement but a couple of DNF’s hurt his points overall. Guru Crew Chief Tony Bartlett was on the tools for Tancredi and the pair worked well together settling Tancredi’s ‘hammer down’ driving style to make him more consistent.
7 contracted teams locked in the top 7 placings with 1st Mark Caruso -5963, 2nd Brendan Guerin- 5870, 3rd Michael Tancredi- 5763, 4th Phil Lock-5702, 5th James Wren-5652, 6th Dan Evans-5578 and 7th BJ Harris-4795.
After the Top 3 Podium on the night teams stayed for the End of Season Pit Party celebrations where awards and accolades were presented.
Monday April 1, 2019. All Stars Media
Farrer locks in his first while Caruso locks in his second.
With a flag to flag victory Brenten Farrer in the V34 Frijtek Maxim picked up his first Series win for the season Saturday night at Timmis Speedway, Mildura and while he may have won the night it was SA33 Mark Caruso who was the victor of the all-important Series Championship and in doing so making him another two time champ.
Both drivers were ecstatic with their results and you could see the relief on Caruso face as he stepped out of his Pro 4 X 4 Cool after scaling. “He only had to start the A and he had won the Series but we hadn’t announced it at that stage. Mark had worked the points out also but his relief was still evident. 12 rounds, thousands of K’s and lots of pressure all finally done.” Searle said.
Farrer and V77 Brayden Parr lined up on the front row for the A with Farrer getting the start and Parr perusing him in second. SA10 Steven Caruso, SA44 Dan Evans, SA33 Mark Caruso and V29 Michael Tancredi were all just there waiting for either to make a mistake. Tancredi washed up high in middle of 3 and 4 and bought on the reds by rolling after tagging the wall. Unfortunately this was the end of the night and season for Tancredi.
The restart allowed Evans to move on Parr and Steven Caruso up into 2nd. Evans and Parr tangled with 2 to go which also ended Parr’s race and forcing a green, white, checker finish to the night. Farrer took this easily with SA10 Steven Caruso home in 2nd, SA33 Mark Caruso 3rd, SA96 Brendan Guerin 4th and SA44 Dan Evans rounding out the top 5.
Young Ben Morris in the SA3 J&J had been running well until his tire blew third race distance and retired to the infield. Another young series up and comer V75 Mitch Smith also had to sit on the infield with mechanical problems. “Both these kids are going to be our next generation and both show talent so it was disappointing for them to finish the night this way.” Searle said.
Mark Caruso looked like he was going to pick up his 6th Oval Express Magazine Quick Time early only to have his brother Steven beat him by .083 of a second. Caruso’s have certainly dominated the Quick Time award for the season.
“So that’s it now, we are done and dusted for the season and what fantastic season it was. Another one creating milestone after milestone. Mark deserved his win this season and after last season’s heartbreak for the entire team it was a great way to finish.” Searle tells us.
Heat wins – Steven Caruso, Brenten Farrer, Brayden Parr, and Ben Morris
A Main results: 1st V34 Brenten Farrer, 2nd SA10 Steven Caruso, 3rd SA33 Mark Caruso, 4th SA96 Brendan Guerin, 5th SA44 Dan Evans, 6th SA37 Tony Moule, 7th V16 James Wren, 8th V4 Phil Lock, 9th SA16 Jack Gartner, 10th SA69 Cody Atkins, 11th V50 Darren Clarke, 12th SA91 Mick Fox, 13th V77 Brayden Parr-DNF, 14th SA3 Ben Morris-DNF, 15th V29 Michael Tancredi-DNF, 16th V75 Mitch Smith.
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – James Wren - $100 cash
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – V4 Phil Lock
Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – Cody Atkins
All Star Hot Arse Award – Darren Clarke
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Steven Caruso – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Mike Fox
BK Racing Ti Components 4th Place – V96 Brendan Guerin
Thursday March 28, 2019. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series started back in November and teams have travelled across 3 states, clocked up thousands of k’s and will have competed against each other 12 times all to have it come down to the wire this Saturday night at Timmis Speedway, Mildura to decide who will be the 2018-19 Series Champ.
The top 5 in points going into the final round are:
1. SA33 Mark Caruso – 5461
2. SA96 Brendan Guerin – 5378
3. V 29 Michael Tancredi - 5288
4. V 4 Phil Lock - 5238
5. V 16 James Wren - 5175
“It really is out of the top 2 guys but the minors are certainly up for grabs and can change depending on what happens on the night. You only have to drop a heat and placings will shift around. We always seem to have fireworks on our final night and I wouldn’t expect anything else this season. Caruso would love to win his second championship after such a disappointment last season when he actually tied with Paul Solomon and we had to use a countback on A Main wins to decide the winner. He has been fast and consistent all season. Guerin would also love to take out his first Championship; and originally not planning on doing it all at the start of the season to now running 2nd is a tribute to the team. Both drivers have had fantastic seasons but unfortunately only one can win. I am pretty excited about it.” Promoter Searle says.
Michael Tancredi has had an impressive season so far and has been on the podium a few times, he is very capable of getting there again and in doing so improve on his current 3rd place. Finding form again is hard charger Dan Evans. Evans has had a challenging season with strong results at the start of the season only to have engine failure mid- way through. Borrowing & leasing engines to keep him on the road until his was repaired. He is finding form again and wants to finish on a high like he started. Farmer Phil Lock is another that kicked the season off strongly and a podium will finish the season off for him the way he wants. In only his 3rd season in Sprintcars V16 James Wren has already seen heat wins and loves the tight little track at Mildura. Hard charger SA69 Cody Atkins is back as well as young Brayden ‘Hollywood’ Parr. Parr Motorsport’s V77 have done an engine change from 410 to 360 for the weekend. Tony Moule’s returns to Mildura in the SA37 mount. Moule would love to lock in a feature win. Moule’s record for of winning the most A Main’s in the series still stands so adding another one would just strengthen this. With a strong field of All Star hot shots nominated it’s guaranteed to be a night of on track action and fireworks
“We have gone back to our Presentation Pit Party this season instead of the formal function the night after. I listened to what the teams wanted to do this year and decided the Pit Party was the best way to go. Our major sponsors can be there also which was a consideration for me as well. It’s always good fun just not as formal.” Searle says
Timmis Speedway, March 30 with on track action at 5.30pm.
Monday March 25, 2019. All Stars Media
Driving his own SA63 an elated Ryan Jones won his 3rd Ross Wright Memorial at Murray Bridge Speedway Saturday night for RD 11 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series.
“Whether its 3 or 20 they are all just as special to me. I put a lot of pressure on myself and we were lucky enough to get away with it. The Wright family have done so much for me over my racing career and I have to win otherwise nothing else suffices. It’s been 2 � years since I ran the 360 and I was a little worried about that but the Bridge is home and it worked out.” Jones told us after the Presentations.
Darryl Wright lent Jones his old steel headed 360 to run the show which still proved strong. SA33 Mark Caruso led the early laps of the race before Jones slid him in Turn 3 and 4 but with a couple of yellows thrown in Jones had to work to keep the lead. SA44 Dan Evans, V34 Brenten Farrer and V29 Michael Tancredi were all on the heels of the leaders and fighting for the minors with Evans finally coming home in third, Tancredi 4th and Farrer in 5th.
The night started off well for the Caruso Family with Mark picking up a hat trick with the Oval Express Magazine’s Quick Time Award and making this his 5th for the season. Steven managed to get 2nd quick obviously feeling very comfortable with the 360 in place of his regular 410 engine. SA10 Steven Caruso locked himself into the Pole Shoot Out and started 6 in the A. Moving quickly up into P3 his night was ended when he got tangled up in a yellow and left him on the infield.
Farmer Phil Lock tangled with the concrete fence in Turn 4 and the fence won leaving Locky sitting on the infield without a front end. Young rookie Ben Morris whom has been running both 360 and 410s all season was another to pull infield with an ill handling car. Another Rookie to the Series James Aranyosi washed up to high in T1 mid race and collected the wall and was another to sit out the race on the infield.
“With the threat of rain all around us we got pretty nervous as it was spitting when we rolled out for the A but fortunately nothing eventuated and the light drizzle cleared and we managed to get it in. Unfortunately we had to drop our 4 wide salute to the Wright family but I am sure they would understand. With the SA Wingless Title on also both of us managed to get it done and still be finished before 10 for another fantastic night of racing. ” Searle tells us.
Heat wins – James Aranyosi, Ben Morris, Mark Caruso and Ryan Jones
A Main results: 1st SA63 Ryan Jones, 2nd SA33 Mark Caruso, 3rd SA44 Dan Evans, 4th V29 Michael Tancredi, 5th V34 Brenten Farrer, 6th SA8 Terry Pitt, 7th SA96 Brendan Guerin, 8th SA69 Cody Atkins, 9th V16 James Wren, 10th SA90 Michael Lovegrove, 11th V50 Darren Clarke, 12th VA2 Boyd Harris, 13th SA91 Mike Fox, 14th V56 James Aranyosi-DNF, 15th V4 Phil Lock-DNF, 16th SA95 Jarman Dalitz-DNF, 17th SA10 Steven Caruso-DNF, 18th VA91 Dan Scott, 19th SA98 Cheian Perrett, 20th SA3 Ben Morris-DNF
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –Ben Morris- $100 cash
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – SA69 Cody Atkins
Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – James Wren
All Star Hot Arse Award –Dan Scott - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Mark Caruso – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Mike Fox
BK Racing Ti Components 4th Place – Michael Tancredi
Wednesday March 20, 2019. All Stars Media
This Saturday night at Murray Bridge Speedway the All Stars are set to honour the late Ross Wright by running the annual Ross Wright Memorial.
“Ross is a legend of South Aussie Speedway having raced for almost 50 years in different classes before he passed away with pancreatic cancer. He raced Stock Rods, Super Sedans, Sprintcars and he drove the Jimmy Sills car owned by Kevin Fisher as Bill Wigzells team mate back in the day. He was also a founding member of the Murray Bridge Speedway.” Searle tells us as she makes final preparation for the show.
“It is a privilege for us to run this prestigious event and pay tribute to such honoured man. I know his son Darryl, we go back a long time to when he raced with World Series Sprintcars and then in the early years of the All Stars he was one of our competitors. They are a lovely family and true supporters of our sport”
With a strong field of cars entered for RD 11 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series results for the night are also important towards the End of Season Championship which comes to a conclusion Saturday week on March 30th.
Currently sitting 1st is SA 33 Mark Caruso – 4950, 2nd SA96 Brendan Guerin – 4894, 3rd V29 Michael Tancredi – 4805, 4th V4 Phil Lock – 47775 and 5th V16 James Wren - 4698. At this point it really is anyone’s series to win and all the top 5 will want to secure valuable points as well as win the memorial event.
SA63 Ryan Jones is returning to his roots running a 360 power plant. Jones is a 4 time Australian National 360 Champ and a past winner of the Ross Wright Memorial. He has a special friendship with the Wright Family and for him to take out the event again would be very special to him. SA44 Dan Evans is on his way home from the Australian Title last weekend in Kalgoorlie where he ran 4th in the championship.
Evans is finding form again after multiple engine issues early in the season and with a strong result last weekend will be one to watch. 410 regular SA10 Steven Caruso will be having his first run with a 360. Caruso has had strong results all season and will probably want to drive by his brother Mark. “It’s cool for us to have the brothers running together but we just hope Leo & Mary can cope with it.” Searle says.
With extra cash on the line for the winner as well as the honour of going down in history as the winner of the 2019 Ross Wright Memorial racing is guaranteed to be hard and fast.
Come and be part of the action this Saturday night March 23rd, Murray Bridge Speedway. SA
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